The National Endowment for the Arts is a government founded, yet independent organization established to found and support art projects. Last week they updated their guidelines to include video games!
"All available media platforms such as the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, arts content delivered via satellite, as well as on radio and television."
National Endowment for the Arts
In theory this means that a lot of Indie game developers should now be able to apply for close to $200,000 in founding for projects in the US. While I don't think this will directly result in a huge array of new Minecraft style indie games, I do believe that this is a huge step forward when it comes to acknowledging games as a cultural phenomenon, not just brainless entertainment.
And why should video games not be considered art along movies and tv? There are a lot of amazing creations within games such as this slightly altered rendering from Minecraft that I mentioned above. Take a look at the amazing stuff posted by Blizzard in their media section. The web is filled with amazing arts from and inspired by games, so I just wonder what took them so long.
Anyhow, what's your most artsy experience related to games? Mine has to be the amazing Day of the Tentacle mural by Dante.